Southeastern Military Academy
Victory Forge Military Academy is a boot camp styled behavior modification program located near Port St. Lucie Florida .
It is claimed to have been founded in 1984.
The program is boot camp styled and claimed to honor 7 values named: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Self Sacrifice, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.
They have two programs:
Normal residential program
They use a level system with 3 levels while at the facility and an aftercare phase, when the detained teenager is released to the home.
Level 1: RED PHASE
- Lasting: MONTH 1-3
- Method: Toughening, Phase of PT, Physical Readiness Test
- Establish Goals & Treatment Plan
A typical day during the red phase can according the program homepage look like this: 
The level of the PT forced on the teenagers are made for adults. Quote from the program homepage:
The Preparatory Phase of PRT is designed by The US Army for people of any physical ability. Slowly increasing the difficulty of the exercises will help your son's body to respond without injury. Your son's health and development will be monitored very closely to further insure that it will be a safe as possible for him.
Level 2: WHITE PHASE
- Lasting: MONTHS 4-6
- Conditioning Phase of PT
- Youth will be recognizing issues that brought them here.
Level 3: BLUE PHASE
- Lasting: MONTHS 7-12
- Maintenance Phase of PT
- Youth will be actively working on issues.
- Youth will begin owning responsibility for issues.
- Youth will be able to qualify for increased visitation.
- Youth will be reunited with family.
- Family will be enrolled in 3 month aftercare program.
The first phonecall are allowed about 14 days into the program. Parents are warned that the detained teenager might try to manipulate them. All phone calls are monitored by Victory Forge personnel, and if cadets say something that they are not supposed to, they are abused and their privileges are taken away.
The first visit by the parents can be made 4 weeks into the program. Again the parents are warned against possible manipulation. Visitation at home later in the program, but if the detained teenager do not follow the program, visits will be conducted on the grounds of the facility.
According to statements made by the director, teenagers at-risk of running away from the facility are made to wear shackles.
Other consequences are extra PT and loss of privileges.The program uses a Behaviorla Modification Program based on a level system to effect change in the youth.
According to some former students, cadets are physically beaten, scared, and threatned with further abuse.Othe former students attribute the program with chaniging their lives. Overall 97% of students state that they are satisfied with the program.
In the news
- On April 25 2008 the police found a boy who was shackled in the neighborhood. According to the director "colonel" Alan Weierman, the facility uses shackles to restrain runaways and that an investigation was launched when a Port St. Lucie police officer saw a 16-year-old runaway being restrained .
The DCF started an investigation .
- On May 2 2008 it was reported that the last of the 16 detained teenagers left for their families due to an investigation. The parents were told by The Department of Children and Families to get their children .
- June 9, DCF expressed "serious concern" about the safety and welfare of the teenagers detained at the facility 
- June 11 DCF concluded their investigation and concluded that they could not raise charges because the discipline was within bounds of the facility's policy 
- June 13 the police published their findings. They found:
- That the staff's use of corporal punishment may be seen as excessive, however, the staff has remained within their rights to physically handle its students without causing bodily harm and/or permanent disfigurement.
- That the facility's records show the boy had been wearing leg shackles for 12 consecutive days.
- That at night, staff would put hand restraints on him.
- That the teen may have been "thrown around a little bit" and once was "grabbed by staff".(the other students interviewed said that they never saw the student thrown around but that he had attackked a smaller weaker student and had to be restrained.
- That teen was called racial slurs, but said that all teenagers openly called each other names like "carpet head" and "camel rider" based on skin-color etc. Further it was determind by the police that the student in question was really the one who constantly called other students names, including the all the students moms were "hoes" and the the existed to be screwed by him.
However all these finding was NOT abuse because the parents had paid for this specific treatment of their teens instead of doing it themselves.
- Info: Homepage of the facility